It happens to movie fans all the time: You're watching a trailer for a movie that's almost inevitably a mindless piece of crap ... and wait, who was that? Holy moley, is that Bill Murray doing the voice of Garfield? (Twice?!?!) Jesus, what is Christopher Walken doing in The Country Bears? And, more recently, holy crap is that Jason Lee AND David Cross in this Alvin and the Chipmunks movie? What planet am I living on? (Mr. Lee also did Underdog this year, so he might be beyond salvation.)

See, movie fans are a possessive lot. Because we're used to seeing Bill Murray and Christopher Walken in GOOD movies, and we're well aware that guys like Jason Lee and David Cross are way too cool to become "sellouts," right? As if it takes a genius to assume that the material in Alvin and the Chipmunks is "beneath" David Cross, right? Unfortunately, comedy fans, not every project can be Arrested Development -- but that hasn't stopped a whole lot of David Cross "fans" from bashing the guy for co-starring in a movie about animated chipmunks.

I guess those fans would respect Mr. Cross more if he ONLY took movies that were 'worthy' of his talents -- but really, an actor is a human being. And human beings gotta eat. Anyway, Mr. Cross took the trouble to post a fairly fascinating blog entry on the situation, and here's the passage I found most illuminating: "It was a little more than I had budgeted for [ a new home] but it was definitely worth it. I asked the owner if he'd take some of my credibility as payment. He looked at me as if I was an alien with A.I.D.S. speaking some intergalactic gobbledy-goo. I had to patiently explain to this country bumpkin about my indie hipster cred, and I would now like to cash it in. This rural rube was so backwards and ignorant that he couldn't even conceive of how financial markets work and simple free market capitalism. I tried again to explain the concept of the value of "credibility" and "artistic integrity" but he refused to take it in exchange for the house. This guy was a f***ing idiot! But what could I do? He wouldn't take no for an answer. If I wanted that cottage I would have to pay him money. Sigh. So I used my "Alvin and the Chipmunks" money to pay for the down payment."
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